Discussion Notes: Measures of Times

Find this week’s story here: Measures of Time by Andrea Eberly.

Next week’s story: The Wig by Han Dong.

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On today’s podcast, we welcome a special guest: Kristy Lin Billuni, aka The Sexy Grammarian. Kristy is a writer and teacher who has been helping authors find their voice since 2003. You can learn more about Kristy at sexygrammar.com

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As for today’s story, Kristy loved Measures of Times, while Gerald liked it, but didn’t say much. Rammy liked it, and as a bonus, gave us a potted history of Adidas. Trust us, it works. On the critical side, Maya felt disconnected from the main character, and Anais felt the literary devices were too naked for her taste. Don’t worry, she did have fun in the quiz trying to work out how long it would take to watch all the episodes of Breaking Bad.

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2 comments on Measures of Time | Andrea Eberly | Literary Roadhouse Ep 106

  1. Richard Dennis says:

    Usual fine job of hitting the high and low points of the story. I didn’t like the story, and my main problem was that it seemed to come out of a template. I forget which of you said it, but there was an MFA quality to the prose. It was death by adjective. there was the mahogany pyramid, the yellowed Bakelite front, the soft pack of Luckys, the half burned cigarette, then the mahogany pyramid and Bakelite front again, shiny black beast piano with a polished top. You get the idea.

    And Time. It ticks away. I get it. Past and present. Kids grow up and people move away. Memories. Sigh. .

    I was surprised that the author didn’t do more with the brother. She lobbed that revelation into the story like a grenade, and then didn’t have much of an explosion. That kind of issue (betrayal of a brother for personal safety and financial gain) is huge. But here it seems subordinated to that damned metronome. Did i mention it had a Bakelite front?

    1. Dying over here, because I agree. The template feeling struck me too.

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